DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #3.2 ISSUES NUMBER ONE AND TWO
In Titan Comics latest series of Eleventh Doctor adventures, they take several premises that could be taken to the next level, since it is being put into a comics medium, and gone to a lot of unique places. Instead, they have downgraded the Doctor and played it safe at the start of this new story.
Partially narrated from the perspective of his companion, Alice, our favorite skinny man (this incarnation of The Doctor’s nickname) is stuck in a cycle of well-known gags and concepts from the TV series. In Issue One, the Doctor and his companion has retrieved a package from one of the Doctor’s friends, (implied to be a parallel version of David Bowie), and are running from a bunch of cloned mono-vocabulary British citizens, while in a monster truck. After a stunt hat involves driving off a bridge and into the TARDIS, the duo goes in search of answers connected to The Doctor’s friend. After attending the friend’s funeral, the conversation we have heard many times on the show about The Doctor’s immortality, age, and time traveling gets put through the motions again, but, this time in word balloon form. They then proceed to find out what is happening on a mysterious planet hat leads into issue two.
In Issue Two, the mysterious planet has been taken over by a member of The Silence, who wants to be known by embedding himself in everyone’s memories. He plugs Alice and The Doctor into an evil looking gadget, and several pages of thoughts, memories, and full of attitude from The Doctor are drawn out for the reader. The TARDIS again is used as a Deus Ex Machina to save our heroes from certain death. The bad guy seems to be dealt with, while The Doctor winds up with a new sad, sentient, super weapon he has to deal with, that leads into the next issue.
With this medium and opportunity to involve new concepts and ideas, this licensed book seemed to recycle Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor rather than having a fresh take on it. ALthough , there are parameters that have to be maintained within the property, it is dissapointing that rather than an original idea for the best known modern-era Doctor, we get more of the same old sonic-screwdriver built blandness.